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Grateful Dead Live at Columbus Veterans Hall on 1968-11-22

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Grateful Dead Live at Columbus Veterans Hall on 1968-11-22


Topics Live concert


Morning Dew, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, Dark Star > Saint Stephen > The Eleven > Turn On Your Lovelight, Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One Jam > New Potato Caboose, And We Bid You Good Night


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Columbus Veterans Hall
Location Columbus, OH

Source Audience
Lineage AUD > MR > C > C > C > CD
Transferred by J Cotsman

Notes

AUD>MR>C>C>C>CD; 'Edited' version (speed correction, normalization, etc) of original Goodbear seed; See info file for details; Seeded to etree by J Cotsman

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Reviewer: Yades - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 22, 2013
Subject: Classic Anthem period show
Typically poor but listenable aud of the era, but worth wading through for the great performance. Jerry is searing-hot. You can hear how empty the auditorium was in the recording. Another show where if I had a time-machine, this is one of the shows I would choose to attend.
Reviewer: L. Rosley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 21, 2011
Subject: Classic “Live Dead”-style Dead
I am giving the 5 stars to the show, which is superb. The quality is probably a 3, but, since you can hear the lyrics and guitar, your ear gets used to it. Phil’s sound is muddled a lot of the time. But a top-notch Morning Dew, a Dark Star from the golden age of Dark stars (late summer ’68 –to- mid/late ’69), and Jerry rips into everything. I always like hearing New Potato (though the organ is barely audible).

Nothing rare about this show – there are other good ones from this period that have better sound quality. Still, a great Dead show is a great Dead show.
Reviewer: Java Master - favoritefavorite - December 6, 2009
Subject: Correction to the Clarification ( below!)
Tom Constanten played his first full gig with the Dead the following night at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Tom may have been present on this nite, but he didn't take his place behind the organ full time until the gig in Athens. I counted perhaps 225 (give or take a few) souls at this performance. I was 17 years old, and this was my first rock concert, ever!
It was, like, "Wow, real hippies from San Francisco!" Promoter did a terrible job publicizing this show, but I bought my tickets from the Ticketron outlet at a local Sears store at the mall.
Reviewer: gvtmule - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 22, 2009
Subject: Notes
Just a couple notes on this show. Great playing, poor sound. It seems to improve a bit in Lovelight but remains muddy. The Dead played this venue in '68, '72, and '78. For some reason Deadbase lists a different venue name for each show, but Veterans Memorial Auditorium is correct and should be listed for all three. I graduated from high school in this Auditorium in 1990 just before Brent's untimely passing. Wasn't yet born when this show happened. Its surprising to read there were so few people at this show. Although Columbus was pretty conservative in 1968 compared to the coasts, and the Dead were likely somewhat unknown, this was the night before the legendary OSU-Michigan game - a traditional party night. A campus show would likely have fared much better. The Bucks would win 50-14 and go on to win both the Rose Bowl and National Championship taht year. Its interesting that Phil comments on this show in his book and mentions both drummers, but most sources indicate Billy was absent. It sure sounds like one drummer to me, and this show smokes, no doubt. A time machine show for sure.
Reviewer: BlueStateDiner - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 13, 2008
Subject: I'm Gobsmacked
I stumbled upon this archive by accident (googling for a veterans event in Columbus) and I can't tell you how stunned I was.

I attended this concert. So I can shed some light on this event. First, Micky and Bill both performed on drums.

Second, I think Phil's estimate of the audience size was a little high, I'd say there were roughly 200 people in attendence.
Also if you listen carefully to the very end of the final song (we bid you goodnight) you can hear someone beginning to say "We found a place. . ."

Earlier in the concert, a member of the band (And I'm sorry I don't recall which one) told the audience that the security at Veterans Memorial told the Dead they had to cut their performance off or they would close the security doors. That would have meant the Dead's equipment would have been locked inside. The Dead also asked the audience if anyone knew of a place they could reconvene to continue playing. Well someone did and indeed the Dead did move lock stock and barrel to another venue to continue playing until sunup.

One last thing. I cannot swear to it, but I am pretty certain the obnoxious whistling during applause came out of my mouth. So, nearly forty years later, may I now appologize?
Reviewer: jerkwaterdan - favoritefavorite - March 29, 2008
Subject: T.C.'s First Show
I can't believe that after 3 years of reviews for this show that NO ONE, including Deadlists mentions that this is Tom Constanten's first show with the Grateful Dead..
T.C. is not audible, but this was his first show as a member of the band. It is also a fantastic show. The other reviews are right on target.
Reviewer: halfdiminished - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 27, 2007
Subject: phil
"we tune up the guitars, the drummers rattle off paradiddles, and Jerry counts into 'Morning Dew.' i know from the first chord that it's going to be a good night, in spite of the feedback from the PA. Jerry is on fire, his guitar snarling and caressing at the same time. the drummers are crunching out the groove as if their lives depended on it - mickey gesturing after each backbeat, and billy grimly holding the groove close to home. the tune builds to its harrowing climax; jerry screams out the final line - 'i guess it doesn't matter anyway' - and we hammer home the final chords.

jerry looks over at me, and i give him a 'way to go, man' grin. most of the time, we don't use set lists - usually whoever wants to sing a song will call it - so Pig calls 'schoolgirl' and we go from there......(phil, searching for the sound p.139)
Reviewer: darazn1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 22, 2006
Subject: Amazing Audience
Although muffled, the clarity and richness are very present in this recording. The concert itself is the finest document one could hope for in from this distant era. It's, of course, nothing releasable, since it is a 1969 audience recording, but the band is clearly right-on target, heavily inspired, and start-to-finish, energized. High point of the times, perhaps. Amazing how much they changed just a few months later, with Jerry discarding some of his trademark runs and the band discarding songs that defined the psychedelic era for them. The long strange trip takes off from here.
Reviewer: sizhla - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 14, 2006
Subject: Just one thing, honey I've got to say,
This show was fucking EPIC from start to finish, and we're lucky someone had the foresight in those acid-submerged days to even TAPE this shit. I dont give a good god damn if its muddy. THANK YOU VERY MUCH! 1<3
Reviewer: miracleseeker - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 1, 2006
Subject: miracleseeker
Billy is indeed abscent from this show (at least according to the resources I've checked...ex deadlists.com)

The only other show where Mickey is the only drummer is 12-7-68 (just a few days later)
Reviewer: Peter Kuhn - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 28, 2006
Subject: Worth The Effort
A 3 star recording of a 5 star show. Billy is definitely missing from this show. Mickey's power percussion are the only drums here. The only show where Mickey had the drums to himself and it's like looking into an alternate universe, one with improvisational guitars propelled by straight ahead, driving drums cruising through the void left by limited keyboards on Dark Star from Pigpen. According to Deadbase, this show is the day before TC joined the Dead. The Dark Star is free with keyboards kept in the background, but focused.
Reviewer: flashbackmagic - favoritefavorite - February 21, 2006
Subject: cryp...first reviewer
what doyou mean no billy? Both Mickey and Bill played this show. Im a bit confused.

Sound on this recording is unfortunate.
Reviewer: hull3551 - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 22, 2005
Subject: Nice
As mentioned, do not discount this show because of the sound quality. Worth a listen.
Reviewer: jbphburg - favoritefavorite - June 29, 2005
Subject: Bad sound
One of the shows that can be passed on simply because the sound is so poor, 2.5 stars objectively speaking, relative to other stuff here, but don't get me wrong, I downloaded it anyway. Get others first, too bad because if mixed right by someone who knows how to do such things this would be a keeper.
Reviewer: jbphburg - favoritefavorite - June 29, 2005
Subject: Bad sound
One of the shows that can be passed on simply because the sound is so poor, 2.5 stars objectively speaking, relative to other stuff here, but don't get me wrong, I downloaded it anyway. Get others first, too bad because if mixed right by someone who knows how to do such things this would be a keeper.
Reviewer: straw - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 7, 2005
Subject: Read "Searching for the Sound"
Phil has some commentary on this show in his book - played to about 300 peeps in a hall that holds 6,000 but Phil says the band felt like they were really on for this show - they could tell from the first chord of Dew

agree sound quality could be better
Reviewer: crypticalother1 - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 31, 2005
Subject: no billy
Mickey playin' w/o Billy...hard to hear because it's an AUD recording, and it was 68 after all. Still, a must have for some.
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